May 31, 2016 (by Asif Shamim) - Wings were recently installed on the first C-130J Super Hercules assigned to Yokota Air Base, Japan, at the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics facility in Marietta, which is home to the C-130 production line.
A wing is lifted above a C-130J at the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics facility in Marietta, Georgia, before being attached to the aircraft. The 374th AW at Yokota AB, is scheduled to receive its first C-130J (the aircraft in the photo) by the end of 4th quarter 2016. [Photo by Andrew McMurtrie]
Yokota AB will receive 14 C-130Js as it recapitalizes its existing C-130H fleet, which are operated by the 374th Airlift Wing. This C-130J is expected to be delivered to the U.S. Air Force by end of 4th Quarter 2016.
The 374 AW includes four groups: operations, mission support, maintenance and medical. Each group manages several squadrons in order to carry out the wing's mission. Yokota has been home to C-130s since it first hosted the 345th Tactical Airlift Squadron in 1975.
The C130J is the latest version of the Hercules, entering the inventory in February 1999. The aircraft has a six-bladed composite propeller coupled to a Rolls-Royce AE2100D3 turbo engine and brings substantial performance improvements over the previous H model.